The VALORANT skins team is working overtime with all of the different sets they have released and sets we have yet to see. But while these skins bring unique designs to the game, are they worth it? Players who buy the base bundle do not receive the cool effects the store ad promises. In fact, players who buy the base set have to pay more in order to get the full promise of the skins.
With the most recent set, the Oni Collection, the team has brought great designs with mystic effects. These look great at first glance, but the problem here is that if you buy the set outright it will cost you roughly $78. Okay, fine; it’s a full bundle with four guns and a knife. Makes sense. The only issue is that these are the vanilla skins without any particle effects, sound effects or the finisher animation.
If you want to get the full version of the skin, you have to use Radianite points to upgrade the gun. You buy Radianite points with VALORANT points. 1600 VALORANT points for 20 Radianite points. Assuming you wanted to buy the Oni Bucky but preferred the blue variant, you would have to increase the level to 7. This alone will cost 75 Radianite points. The bundle for 80 Radianite points is 4800 VALORANT points. Essentially, if you buy any weapon and look to get this single variant, you will have to cough up an extra $50.
There is hope. If you have the battle pass, you can earn Radianite points by completing the pass. In total, there are 130 points available as rewards. You can use these to upgrade your weapons. But considering that these weapons, unlike CSGO, are not tradable, skins are not an investment I would consider anytime soon with the way the interesting effects are hidden behind more paywalls.